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Weekly Top 10: Remembering Tim Cloonan, Talking Technique, Advanced Bass, Top Bass Videos, Gear and More

This week we were saddened by the news of the passing of Tim Cloonan, and the outpouring of love and remembering the great bass builder propelled his story to the top of the most-read list.

No Treble readers enjoyed some great bass lessons, including Ariane Cap’s Talking Technique and Joe Hubbard’s Advanced Bass lessons, as well as some terrific bass videos, new gear, Ryan Madora’s feature on Bob Daisley and more.

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In Memoriam: Tim Cloonan

1. In Memoriam: Tim Cloonan

Sad news to report: bass builder Tim Cloonan has passed away. The Philadelphia-based luthier owned and operated Callowhill Guitars, creating basses for some of the world’s top players including Tim Lefebvre, Dywane “Mononeon” Thomas, Owen Biddle, Derrick Hodge, Steve Jenkins, and more…

Anthony Crawford: Jazz vs Hiphop

2. Anthony Crawford: Jazz vs Hiphop

Bassist Anthony Crawford shared this on his Facebook page and it immediately caught my attention. He recorded it as a demo for his Mirura MB-2 bass, and the song is just as stunning as the bass. The story behind the music is incredible, too…

Bass of the Week: Versoul Swan 8

3. Bass of the Week: Versoul Swan 8

It’s not often you see an 8-string fretless, but this one takes the cake. This week we’re checking out the Swan 8 by Finland’s Versoul, which the company describes as having traditional looks with an innovative body construction…

Andrea Caggiari: James Brown Funk Bass Lines

4. Andrea Caggiari: James Brown Funk Bass Lines

Bassist Andrea Caggiari emailed me this terrific video where he plays along to seven different James Brown tunes. Of course, this one gets funky, thanks to the original lines by Bernard Odum, Bootsy Collins, Fred Thomas, Gordon Edwards and Sweet Charles Sherrell…

Talking Technique: Drills for Fills – Applied

5. Talking Technique: Drills for Fills – Applied

In episode 22, we introduced a way of practicing scales using intervals rather than going up and down the scales. Someone asked if I could give some examples of how to use this in a chord progression, so that’s what we’ll do in this new lesson…

Vulfpeck: Dean Town

6. Vulfpeck: Dean Town

It is always a good day at No Treble HQ when a new Vulfpeck video is released. This one has lots of extra bass goodness – and funkiness – thanks to Joe Dart and some killer beats. The tune is “Dean Town”, which is a track from Vulfpeck’s upcoming album, The Beautiful Game

Eve Guitars Introduces the Lunna Bass

7. Eve Guitars Introduces the Lunna Bass

Eve Guitars has unveiled the Lunna Bass, a single-cut model that’s made in the UK. Available in four-, five-, or six-string versions, the bass is described as sitting at the top of the Eve range and “fully customisable to meet your own preference and playing style…”

Advanced Bass: How to Use Melodic Quotes in Your Solos

8. Advanced Bass: How to Use Melodic Quotes in Your Solos

The use of melodic quotation is prolific within the genre of jazz and its related modern styles. In this lesson, we’ll cover how to use melodic quotes in your solos and breakdown some of the commonalities used by many great jazz masters…

Bass Players to Know: Bob Daisley

9. Bass Players to Know: Bob Daisley

When it comes to picking a bass player to know, Ryan says she tries to look beyond the scope of her musical knowledge. So she asked Kevin for advice on some rock bassists. Then she spent the day listening to the work of Bob Daisley…

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (September 2016)

10. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (September 2016)

Here’s a great way to spend your evening (or afternoon, or morning): browsing through the top 10 most watched bass videos for the month…